RUMC Hosting Community Thanksgiving Service
This year, RUMC will have the privilege of hosting this year’s community-wide Thanksgiving service. The service will be held in our Sanctuary starting at 7:00 PM on Wednesday evening November 22nd. Pastor Rick Phillips will be our guest speaker this year—so come support one of our own. We will provide light refreshments in our Fellowship Hall after the service.
Happy Thanksgiving weekend to everyone in Riverview. The church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23-24 in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, and RESTORE will also be closed on Thursday, November 23, for Thanksgiving.
Other Future Special Sundays
Sunday, November 26th is Student Sunday marked throughout the United Methodist denomination. Your special offering on that day will make it possible for young Methodist students to serve God around the world.
Right now, there are Methodist young people—who might not have had the resources to attend a school of their choice, or, for some, any school at all—who’ve been sent by you into the world God loves because of your giving to United Methodist Student Day. When you give generously you are support these students as they prepare for a life that unites faith with knowledge.
As we near Thanksgiving, it’s hard to believe that the Advent season is rapidly approaching. Sunday, December 3, is the first Sunday of Advent. On Wednesday evening, November 29, a group of us will be decorating the sanctuary in preparation for celebrating Jesus’ birth. If you want to help us decorate, please let Debbie Stephens or Rolinda Smoak know.
On that Sunday, December 3, the Bishops of the United Methodist Church are calling on all of us to give to the Global Migration Sunday special offering. This offering is taken to benefit the millions of refugees around the world on behalf of UMCOR
On Sunday, December 17, the children’s choir will be performing at a joint service. There will be refreshments available after the service in the fellowship hall.
Thank You Cards
This holiday season, the church office is challenging everyone in the congregation to take the opportunity to write out a word of gratitude to at least three other people in our church family. This is an opportunity to show thankfulness anytime between now and year’s end. Make sure that at least one card goes to someone you don’t know all that well. If you can’t mail cards, emailing would be a nice substitute. Early in 2018, we will share testimonies about this exercise. Let’s all try to encourage one another during the holiday season.
The “No Christmas Tree Sale”
For the third year in a row, the United Methodist Men have once again voted to save their backs by not selling Christmas Trees. Instead, each member of the UMM has pledged to donate $200 in lieu of selling trees, and we are inviting other men and families of the church to help us make our sales goal. Over the past two years, the “No Christmas Tree Sale” has raised at least $3,000 by not selling trees; we donate the proceeds from this drive to “kick-start” the church’s operational fund in the new year.